acha zaballa arquitectos: more house, cantabria
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jan 18, 2013
acha zaballa arquitectos: more house, cantabria


‘more house’ by acha zaballa arquitectos, cantabria, spain
image © jose cutillas
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the ‘more house’ by spanish firm acha zaballa arquitectos is located in a developing low-density residential area known as montealegre in the
outskirts of castro-urdiales. the primary strategy in the design was to optimize efficiency in space as much in the exterior landscaping as in the
interior organization of program. much of the site is excavated, defined by an irregular angular retaining wall. apart from creating a protected
exterior garden out of the site of neighbors, it also allows the masonry structured house to take on a vertical aspect as the basement level can receive
natural light and fresh air. following the form of three wood-clad stacked boxes, the alternating nature of the dwelling creates resultant spaces
that support extra activities. overhangs provide shade and cover in certain outdoor areas whereas the upper side of the volume now creates a
south-facing terrace. each mass contains two equally sized windows that offer views in differing directions. a central staircase runs like a spine
through all the levels as the program develops on either side of it, lending to maximum efficiency in circulation.

 

 


approach
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view from the street
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exterior stairs lead down to the embedded section
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entrance
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entry floor
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polished concrete floors and white walls reflect light
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second level
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central stairs
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site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level -1

 

 


section

 

 


landscape retaining wall

 

 

project info:

 

site area: 505 m2
built area: 176.59 m2
cost: 235,000 EUR, excluding VAT
construction: construcciones iturriaga

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